If only breastfeeding was as easy for all moms as nature intended it to be. Wouldn't it be nice for your baby to immediately latch on like a pro, and for your milk supply to always be perfectly regulated? Sadly, it isn't this simple for many moms. It definitely wasn't easy for me. I struggled with my milk supply and when all else failed, I looked into things to drink to make breastfeeding easier.
Many nursing moms who are having a hard time will discuss using herbal or prescription galactagogues — a substance that increases your milk supply —with their doctors. Because everything you ingest has the potential of showing up in your breast milk and affecting your baby, it is important not to take anything, whether it is considered herbal, organic, all-natural, etc., without first speaking to a healthcare professional. "There is often an assumption that since herbs are natural, they are safe," Dr. Jay Gordon, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote on his site. "That isn’t always the case, and in fact, some herbs can be quite dangerous."
Gordon is a proponent of galactagogues, but only as a last resort for moms who truly need help with their supply. He recommends instead that you first make sure you aren't inadvertently restricting your own milk supply by doing things such as wearing a bra that is too tight, sleeping on your stomach, smoking, taking allergy medications, or not nursing and pumping often enough.
If you are doing everything recommended, and you still have a low supply, here are some things you may be able to drink in order to make breastfeeding easier — as long as you get your doctor's OK first.